Friday, January 19, 2018

A decade of Tribe


Right SIOUX: A model displays a costume from the section, Sioux, from Tribe’s 2014 presentation, Tribe 10. —Photos: ANISTO ALVES

Mark Fraser

After nine years of mas, mayhem and a multitude of colour, Tribe has sought to incite revellers yet again with its 2014 presentation, Tribe 10, in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

Being one of the first all-inclusive Carnival bands in Trinidad and Tobago, Tribe prides itself on bringing all of the “bells and whistles” you can find from any fancy holi­day resort and translating it to our local Carnival experience. From premium drinks, on-site paramedics, mobile restrooms, lunch and more, Tribe promises its revellers first-class service for two days.

Using a wide array of vibrant colours such as red, orange, green and yellow, this year’s presentation has 12 sections: Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche Sunset, Dreamcatcher, Hawkeye, Mohican, Raindancer, Silvermoon, Sioux, Spirit Seeker, Tribal Warrior and War Chant.

“Cheyenne” was designed by season nine Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee. In colours of purple, pink and white, Ayoung-Chee also designed the various headpieces for this section.

Costumes were priced at $4,500 and up, and revellers had the choice of two different styles of headpiece.

Sister band Bliss shared the spotlight with Tribe at its recent launch, with its 2014 presen­tation, Tribute to Tribe, which highlights Tribe’s past presentations in a fun and unique way. In previous years, Tribe’s presentations included Butterflies, Beasts and Bacchanal (2013), Take Me To (2012), The Way of the Warrior (2011), The Secret of Silk (2010), Birds of a Feather (2009), Myths and Magic (2008), Ole Time Something (2007), What Lies Beneath (2006) and Tribal Fantasy (2005).

With Carnival just over two weeks away, all sections in Tribe and Bliss are sold out.